Sunday, 21 August 2011

More pictures

Thank you all so much, you are very kind and it's lovely that you have all given Gus such a warm welcome.

I had a disappointed text from Ro this morning, as we had all expected to go over to Weeza's house to celebrate Zerlina's birthday.  He'd got presents and everything, and now was at a loose end.  I suggested he and Dora might like to come over for lunch, and invited Al and co. too.  This was at 11 o'clock, Zerlina has a nap sometime after 1, it was necessary to serve lunch about 12.30.

Kindly, Al prepared the vegetables, runner beans, courgettes and carrots.  I had a pound of minced beef and four pork steaks in the fridge.  By 12.35, a large lasagne and a pork, onion and red pepper stir fry had been prepared and cooked and I'd been to the supermarket and bought puddings (there are limits, darlings). The champagne was already in the fridge, the Sage and Ro laid the table.  Grannies are supposed to be able to put meals on the table at short notice.

I was just upstairs putting Zerlina to bed (all the children were adorable, ate their lunch and had second helpings) when Weeza phoned to say she was waiting for the all-clear to leave hospital, and it was agreed that Ro and Dora would visit with us this afternoon and the rest of the family another day.  She rang again when about to leave the hospital and we were over there about 4 o'clock.  She and Phil were very relaxed and happy, and Zerlina was thrilled to see her baby brother.  She was so excited when I told her he would be there when she got home.

Pictures, darlings.





He weighed 8 lbs 6 oz, which is a whole kilo* heavier than his little scrap of a sister did at birth - and she was 11 days overdue, too!  He is, as you can see, quite adorable.

In order of appearance, Ro, Ro, Dora, the Sage and z, Z and Z.  And the fat cat that z chose as a present puts in an appearance, too.

*Bilingual, you see

26 comments:

Alienne said...

They are lovely pictures, and I love the fat cat. I hope Gus is a well behaved baby.

lx said...

Congrats to all!

PixieMum said...

Such lovely family photos, best wishes to you all.

Dave said...

Quite enough of this sort of thing, I think.

Roses said...

He's gorgeous.

I love the last picture, the way you two are looking at each other.

*sigh*

Blue Witch said...

Nice illustration of the genetic predisposition towards holding a baby to a particular side, there :)

This (and the TV programme tonight) might be of interest: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-14576961

Zig said...

so very lovely, congrats to all xxx

Z said...

I read many years ago that it's better to hold a young baby on the left because the heartbeat reassures them, so I always do. When they're older, holding a baby in your left arm frees your right one to do things, so that's natural too. In this case, I think that passing the baby from one person to the other skewed it, he was held alternatively left and right!

We can't think of an explanation for Zerlina to have been so small at birth, Weeza took care of what she ate and did - however, she was working long hours in London for much of her pregnancy. Weeza was the smallest of my babies too. I was huge as a baby.

He was making a lot of eye contact, and that's the reason for leaving the last pic in and toughing out my horrified reaction to the size and shape of my nose.

Thanks, everyone xx

Pat said...

A perfect little boy. Lucky you:)

Dandelion said...

Brilliant photos! Congratulations to all, what a beautiful baby.
I second what Roses said (there's nothing wrong with your nose), also I like the way the Sage is holding him, you can tell he's used to holding priceless things.

georgie said...

I think the Sage was doing an appraisal and rated Gus as priceless and perfect. Lovely photos Z. P.S I third what Dandelion and Roses said about your nose.

Z said...

It's a serviceable nose - that work, as we say in Norfolk.

It was a happy occasion.

Rog said...

Blimey that's an amazing resemblance!

(between Ro & the Sage of course)

Z said...

It's true, and it was evident from Ro's birth. No sign of baldness yet, however.

wendz said...

Just seen this - congrats Z - baby is beautiful.

janegoth said...

He's adorable and a good healthy size too. Congratulations to all.

Z said...

Welcome back to blogging, Jane and Wendy - that is, you've both been blogging and I didn't know. I've subscribed to both of you.

Sorry you've been having such an anxious pregnancy, Jane, best wishes to you and your baby. I hope you'll be able to post happy pictures soon too.

MaryP said...

Congratulations! What a beautiful little boy. (Pretty lovely rest of the family, too.) :)

Anonymous said...

The Sage is very handsome - Bubba Gus takes after him :-)

Heart warming pics on such a pissy rainy day.

Congrats Gran.

Ann Anon

Z said...

Thanks!

mig said...

Oh, just catching up - how delightful and heartwarming.
Congratulations.

Z said...

Thanks, Mig.

luckyzmom said...

So precious. Each and every one of you. And the new baby is Divine.

Z said...

I spent this afternoon with Weeza and Gus, they are very well and happy.

How do we know said...

AWWW he is adorable!!!!!! I LOVE this young person! And you hold him with so much love!

Z said...

He and I have made a connection, HDWK, we're going to be close! You asked me whose baby it is and I filed the question and then can't find it (that is, whether it was a comment or an email and if so to which address) - so I'm very glad you've called in.